Explore the unique wildlife of Australia during this scenic and informative journey to visit the Serandip Open Range Sanctuary and a nearby National Park.
Depart the pier for the drive to the Serandip Open Range Sanctuary, located on the vast Western Plains near Melbourne. Upon arrival, you will join an expert nature guide for an informative and memorable introduction to Australia's unique wildlife. You will see large groups of free-range, Eastern gray kangaroos in a natural bush setting, and learn interesting facts about other Australian animals and birds.
Observe a protected population of wallabies and get close to some strange Australian birds in their natural habitat before enjoying a sumptuous BBQ lunch served in an open-air setting at the Sanctuary. After lunch you will meet some of the people of the local Aboriginal tribe, the Wathaurong who will share elements of their fascinating culture and perform some music on their didgeridoo. You will have time to ask questions because your Aboriginal friends will continue on with you this afternoon.
Next, you will proceed to a nearby National Park to view koalas in the wild. Accompanied by a nature guide, you will see and learn about these extraordinary fluffy-eared creatures in their natural environment; often seated in the fork of a tree in the beautiful Australian bush. Towards the end of the walk you will visit the Big Rock Aboriginal Cultural Site with the Aboriginal Guides. This is considered to be one of the most significant living sites in the region and has great views out over the surrounding plains.
Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves walking over uneven and natural ground. The total walking time will be approximately 1.5 hours. Guests are strongly advised to wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, and bring binoculars and water from the ship.